Category: Personal Injury

How Social Media Can Affect Your Injury Claims

Social media has quickly overtaken society as a fun venue to chat with friends and stay up to date on daily life. However, social media activity can lead you to inadvertently releasing extensive information online about you that you may not realize. Once it has been posted online, it is public information and can be… read more

Why You Need Bodily Injury Liability Coverage in Florida

You may think that if you have the minimum insurance required by Florida law, you are covered after a car accident. In fact, without bodily injury liability coverage, you are very much at risk of being personally responsible for medical bills or other damages resulting from a car accident. Here are some reasons why you… read more

Florida legislators propose helmet law for skateboarders

Legislators in Florida would like to make it illegal for kids to ride a skateboard without wearing a helmet. According to the Insurance Information Institute, in 2014, over 100,000 people suffered a head injury from skateboarding. In an effort to decrease that number, Florida legislators are attempting to enact a law that would compel riders… read more

Slip and fall accidents in airports

Airports are crowded with passengers who are rushing to reach their plane on time, but in their haste, they may run the risk of slipping, falling and suffering an injury. They are frequently carrying heavy luggage, which only serves to compound the situation. In addition, the chaotic atmosphere of the airport may cause some passengers… read more

How simple precautions can prevent summer accidents

Making safety a priority is essential when enjoying Florida’s warm weather. Otherwise, a fun summer activity could quickly turn into an accident that can cause serious injuries ranging from broken bones to paralysis. Summer marks the onset of the state’s rainy season. The risk of car crashes increases with frequent and heavy downpours. Sudden showers… read more

Using crutches safely to avoid slip and fall accidents

A person may have to use crutches due to chronic conditions like amputated limbs or cerebral palsy that result in decreased range of motion, coordination and strength. Crutches may also be necessary if an individual suffers broken bones or other injuries that limit their ability to move. However, the very device that is designed to… read more

A promising drug for preventing brain damage in babies

New research indicates the drug erythropoietin may be effective in protecting babies from brain damage. Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) is a dangerous complication that can occur during delivery. Newborns suffer brain damage due to oxygen deprivation in the nervous system, which can cause debilitating birth injuries such as cerebral palsy and even death if left… read more

How escalators can cause slip and fall accidents

Escalators are widely used in day-to-day life to enable individuals to quickly move between different floors in a building. They are located in malls, hospitals, airports, hotels, apartment complexes and more. Most people do not even think of potential hazards when they step onto an escalator. However, escalators can lead to slip and fall accidents… read more

Takata airbag recall now largest auto safety recall in history

Takata airbags have been linked to car accidents that have caused 10 deaths and more than 100 injuries, in Florida and elsewhere. Now U.S. officials have announced that an additional 35 million to 40 million airbag inflators will be recalled, adding to the 28.8 million inflators recalled since 2008, making it by far the largest… read more

Investor pays hefty price for failing to answer slip and fall lawsuit

The Florida Supreme Court on March 17 sided with the plaintiff in reinstating a default judgement and jury award of around $1.1 million against a real estate investor who did not respond to a slip and fall lawsuit in a timely manner. Anamaria Santiago sued Mauna Loa Investments, LLC, in February 2010. She leased a… read more

Hidden slip and fall hazards of steps and stairways

Slip and fall accidents on stairs can cause serious injuries. Stairways come with inherent dangers that are usually not present on level surfaces. While sometimes the hazards may be obvious, in other cases they may be harder to detect. Property owners can be liable for stair accidents just like slip and falls in other locations…. read more

Young adults: the unlikely victims of slip and fall accidents

Among the general population the elderly are often considered to be at the highest risk for slip and fall accidents due to a lack of balance and strength resulting from old age. However, a Purdue University study has found that young adults tend to fall more often than expected. Researchers asked 94 undergraduate college students… read more

Why hoverboards are sending people to the hospital

Hoverboards have become increasingly popular, but many people are unaware of how dangerous the self-balancing scooters can be. Florida hospitals have seen a spike in the number of adults and children in emergency rooms due to hoverboard injuries over the past holiday season. Besides posing a fire hazard, the two-wheeled electric scooter also puts users… read more

Top 3 things to avoid after a slip and fall accident

Experiencing a slip and fall accident can leave one hurt and feeling upset. However, in a state of confusion, one might end up taking steps that can be harmful. Your actions immediately after a fall can have significant impact on a future lawsuit. Here are the top three things to avoid after a slip and… read more

Why asthmatic pregnant women in big cities face a higher risk of preterm birth

A new study has found that expectant mothers with asthma may be at a greater risk of delivering prematurely if they are exposed to high levels of traffic-related air pollution just before conception and in early pregnancy. National Institutes of Health researchers noted both short-term and continuous exposure to carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides increased… read more

Can injured pregnant women benefit from care at trauma centers?

Around 8 percent of expectant mothers suffer traumatic injuries such as fractures and open wounds that typically arise from falls or car accidents. A recent study has suggested pregnant women who sustain traumatic injuries may experience better outcomes when treated at trauma centers instead of non-trauma hospitals. According to research published in the Journal of… read more

Driver negligence is the Cause of Most Car Crashes

A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that mistakes on the part of drivers are the cause of 94 percent of all car accidents, and about 87 percent of drivers engage in unsafe behaviors. Meanwhile, the number of deaths from car accidents has risen sharply. In 2015, there were 38,300 fatalities and… read more

How exercise can reduce slip and fall accidents among the elderly

Recent research suggests step training and exercises for improving balance may help prevent seniors from slipping and falling. People over the age of 65 are particularly at risk for sustaining serious injuries from such accidents. A Yale University study has found that exercising can help older men significantly reduce their risk of dangerous falls. The… read more

How shoes can affect the outcome of a slip and fall case

Footwear can play an important role in slip and fall lawsuits. Florida’s liability system is based on comparative negligence, which means a jury can reduce an award by the extent the victim is deemed responsible for causing their injuries. While wearing certain types of footwear does not automatically make someone negligent, the defendant in a… read more

Chloe’s Law, aimed at preventing drowning deaths in car crashes, passes House panel

A Florida bill aimed at preventing drowning deaths in car accidents has passed its first House committee. The bill is named “Chloe’s law” after Chloe Arenas, a University of Central Florida student who died last year when her vehicle ran off the road and into a retention pond. The bill is aimed at installing guardrails… read more